The End of A Road Well Traveled

With inestimable sorrow, we must inform you that Mark Richard Green completed his journey on February 27, 2015. The caring and devotion of all those who were with him during these last months, particularly the wonderful people of the Walpole, NH and Saxtons River and Putney, VT communities and environs,  cannot be measured, and no amount of thanks can be adequate. The following appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer on March 5, 2015:

“Mark Richard Green, born August 18, 1967, passed away in Walpole, NH on February 27, 2015, peacefully, smiling and with his joy and passion for life intact.  Mark’s enthusiasm for life was equalled by the vigour and intensity with which he confronted his illness. He described his fateful journey through his blog “”

“A native of Philadelphia, PA, Mark was a proud “Lifer” (K-12) graduate of Abington Friends School, in Jenkintown, PA. There he developed a strong sense of justice, equality and human rights, and a deep passion for the outdoors.  He then graduated from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) with a B. A. in English and a Minor in Studio Art, and earned his M. Ed. at the University of New England, Antioch in Keene, NH.

“His love for friends and family, and in particular daughters Hannah and Libby, sister Kerry, former wife and dear friend Laura Gaudette, Aunt Carolyn, beloved friend Barb Silbey and parents Beverly and Stephen, was limitless.

“Mark loved nature, outdoor sports, music, photography, food, travel and adventure.  He visited Costa Rica, India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Egypt, France and Puerto Rico and he pursued studies in British drama and writing at the University of East Anglia, England.

“He spent several summers working in Durango, CO and was an administrator at Verde Valley School in Sedona, AZ.  Some of his most formative times were spent at Twin Lakes in Shohola, PA – fishing, sailing, swimming, skiing, skating, biking and carousing.

“Mark served on the Boards of Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Saxtons River (VT) Main Street Arts Center, and as a village Trustee in his beloved Saxtons River.  He was also a DJ for the local community radio station “WOOL FM,” on a show he aptly named “No Depression,” featuring “old time,” honky-tonk and “hillbilly” music, and he was proud to be part of The Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, VT.

“Mark taught and worked in financial aid and admissions until devoting his talents to fundraising at The Grammar School and The Putney School in Putney, VT, Dartmouth College and its Thayer School of Engineering in Hanover, NH, and finally, for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) based in Washington, DC, where he literally dedicated his life to the cause of funding research and new treatments and hopefully a cure for the incurable disease which ultimately ended his adventure.

“Mark lived every minute of his life. It was an adventure he shared with his girls and an uncountable number of friends.  He was an authentic, special, good man, kind, generous, funny, adventurous and beloved by all who knew him.”

The loving comments on his Facebook page attest to the fact that we are indeed fortunate to have had Mark in our lives. Hold him in your thoughts and hearts.

His family and “Friends of Mark.”


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4 Responses to The End of A Road Well Traveled

  1. greg says:

    I am a friend of Mark’s from his Hamilton days. He had a goofy innocence that immediately drew you in to wonder how such a sweet soul could possibly cope with the sharp edges and hard walls this world can sometimes present. I must admit much of our interactions were centered around fun and merriment and we never delved too deep into life’s questions; that would just slow the serious business of being a young adult in a college town living life to the fullest.
    I just learned of his passing and I wanted to pass on my deepest regards. I feel a sadness I cannot describe and I think I write this for you as well as myself.
    A toast to you Mark, dear friend, free of pain and the limits of the flesh, now your spirit can soar as it always has and was meant to be. We will all be joining you soon enough so save a place for me with open arms and warm smile and we will remember the days when all we worried about was where is the party! Love You Man, greg.

  2. Valerie Piro says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a truly wonderful person. I didn’t know him very well, but I will always be grateful to Mark for pulling over and coming to help my track team after our van had crashed off of I-91. He told me that an ambulance was on the way, that my teammates were okay, and that I was going to be all right, which was everything I needed to hear. I couldn’t feel my legs after the crash and I was terrified, but Mark stayed with me and talked to me until the ambulance came. It meant the world to me. May he rest in peace.

    • Hannah Green says:

      Hi Valerie,

      I’m Mark’s daughter and I actually remember the day he came home from your accident, though I was pretty young. He visibly upset by what had happened, and I remember him telling me how happy he was that you were recovering. The level of care he felt for others left a huge impression on me as a young girl, and I just want to thank you for sharing this.

      I’m putting together a book of anecdotes about my dad to keep for my family and future generations of my family, and wanted to ask your permission to use this post. I can keep your name anonymous in the book if you’d like. Thank you again so much for sharing, it means a lot to me, and I know it would have meant a lot to my dad.


  3. Tammy Neathawk says:

    It certainly was a road well traveled! LOVE!

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